There was no Brazil Times in Tuesday's mail. All we got was the usual junk mail. I kinda look forward to getting the paper because I'm pretty sure it's the only thing we get which ain't junk.
Actually, nobody got a paper Tuesday. They announced at the first of the year this issue would be discontinued in a cost saving effort. While I appreciate what they are doing and hope it succeeds, we always scour the paper for much appreciated local news. Let me rephrase that -- my wife scours the paper and she is the one who misses it. Mostly I just check out the obituaries to see if my name is there. You know how it is, at a certain point in life your highest priority becomes finding out how many people younger than you have kicked-the-bucket. Like George Burns used to say, if my name isn't listed among the recently departed I get up.
While I do like getting The Brazil Times -- we've been subscribers for 12 years -- it is a lot of, well, paper. And it does pile up. We also pay for the Sunday issue of the Terre Haute paper, which brings in one day almost as much paper to dispose of as a week's worth of The Brazil Times. For some reason about Christmas we started getting the Terre Haute paper on Friday and Saturday, also. This I think is a mistake on the part of the carrier (they aren't smart enough to just mail it), because I know I'm not going to pay for it. Anyhow, we're getting a lot of paper. About every six months someone tries to get me to take a second daily paper, and occasionally I get a call wondering if an astute retiree like me wouldn't just love to also get one of the national dailies? Exactly where I would stack all this paper the telephone solicitor does not say. If I ever decided to study for a doctorate I think my thesis would have something to do with the number of trees I save by only taking The Brazil Times, minus a Tuesday delivery.
In all these years we have rarely thrown the papers in the trash. This just seemed like adding an unnecessary burden to the city's problems. And, no, it is not stacked up in the basement. We do the civic-minded recycle thing. About once a month I take a box full out to Wallace Brothers Disposal in Knightsville. This is the latest in a long line of places which have been used to accept recycling by the Clay-Owen-Vigo Solid Waste District. Their recycling locations have bounced around a bit, but seem to have settled down at Wallace Brothers the past few years. Kay collects plastic bottles and tin cans, and we get a lot of cardboard. She tells me they want this stuff, too, so I take it. It comes to enough to justify the trip -- and there are just the two of us. Of course it might not be worth the effort without all those newspapers [how many tons do you suppose there have been?].
Recycling has become right popular lately, and maybe you should try it. If there are two or more people in your house (and you are astute enough to subscribe to The Brazil Times), there's enough stuff coming in the place to justify the effort. Just don't try to recycle Tuesdays' paper.
David L. Lewis is an observer of and sometimes commentator on life who may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.